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Where did the English Hines family come from? What is the English Hines family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hines family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hines family history?

The history of the name Hines dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a keeper of the deer. The surname Hines originally derived from the Old English word hinde which referred to someone who tended the deer. A quote from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales underlines the occupation: Ther n'as baillif, ne herde, ne other hine.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hines has undergone many spelling variations, including Hines, Hine, Hyne, Hynes and others.

First found in Oxfordshire, where one of the first on record was Robert Hine who was Lord of the manor and held estates in that shire in the year 1254. John le Hyne was listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273 in Oxford, and Robert le Hine was listed in Suffolk in the same rolls.The Writs of Parliament of 1313 show Stephen le Hine.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hines research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1254 are included under the topic Early Hines History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hines family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hines were among those contributors:

Hines Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Hines, who landed in Virginia in 1629

Hines Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Hines settled in Boston in 1716
  • John Hines, who arrived in New England in 1724

Hines Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Hines, aged 22, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Martin Hines, who arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Felix Hines, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Sarah Hines, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822
  • Patrick Hines, who landed in Mississippi in 1840


Hines Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph, Hines Sr., who arrived in Wisconsin in 1909

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  • Gregory Oliver Hines (1946-2003), Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer
  • Pamela Hines (b. 1962), American jazz pianist
  • Duncan Hines (1880-1959), American pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers
  • Milton Hines (1926-2009), original name of Soupy Sales, American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host
  • General John Leonard Hines (1868-1968), American soldier who served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1924 to 1926. He received the Distinguished Service Cross in 1918
  • Brigadier-General Charles Hines (1888-1966), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Artillery, 3rd Army (1944-1945)
  • Charles A. Hines (1935-2013), American Army Major General, Commander of Fort McClellan (19891994)
  • Sherman Hines, world-renowned Canadian photographer with six degrees in professional photography and two gold medals of excellence


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  • Hines and Allied Families: Some Descendants of William Hines of Sussex County, Virginia (ca. 1690-1760) and a Record of Their Principal Allied Families, Watson (Virginia, Mississippi); Shackleford (Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia); Nisbet (North Carolina, Georgia); and Kennon (Virginia) by Benjamin McFarland Hines.
  • John William Hines, born c. 1600 in Londonderry, Ireland: His Descendants, Principally of North Carolina and Virginia, and their Associated Families by William Neal Hurley.
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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Hines Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hines Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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